Series 2, Episode 2
Air date 7th January 2011 (as Fallen)
8th January 2011 (individual)
Written by Elly Brewer and Ben Ward
Directed by Neasa Hardiman
Episode guide
The Burnywood Menace

Drained was the second episode of the second series of Tracy Beaker Returns. It was originally broadcast back to back with the preceding episode The Burnywood Menace under the title Fallen at 17:00 on the CBBC Channel on 7th January 2011. It was then showed individually the following day, 8th January.


The Dumping Ground reopens and Tracy must face the truth: because of her actions Mike looks certain to be sacked. Meanwhile Carmen returns from a week of hell at Burnywood after getting beaten up and having her stuff nicked, and she's a changed person now. And when Lily gets out of hospital, she's shocked and heartbroken to discover that Carmen blames Lily for what happened to her in Burnywood. Johnny and Tee try and make Mike look good in front of Leanne in hope that it will stop Mike from being sacked.


  • Trims were made to this episode on its original broadcast:
    • Johnny trying to convince Gina that their emergency foster family would like to take care of them permanently and Tee apologising for Johnny being Johnny.
    • The scene where Johnny tries to get Harry down the hole, throws Jeff down and gets himself stuck is shown cut down as a flashback (and with numerous alternate angles) after Harry comes to tell the others. We instead cut straight from Gus telling Leanne "things that Mike has done right" to Harry calling for help.
    • Liam greeting Frank and learning that his grandad's condition has worsened.
  • Toby is absent in this episode (although he is seen in a cartoon animation) as he is still with his temporary foster family.
  • Cam fosters Lily.
  • The boy who stole Carmen's clothes is revealed to be Tyler in the following season. The Dumping Ground Survival Files will later retcon Tyler's theft as a joke.
  • Frank mentions that his grandad's condition has got "worse". This will eventually lead to Eric Matthew's death in Grandad.
  • This is the first time since the original series someone says they have "hay-fever" (as opposed to admitting they are crying) in this case, Mike.
  • This is the first time Mike has been made to attend a hearing regarding the future of his job.
  • The exterior of the building used for the town hall was the Senior School building of the La Sagesse School, which in reality was only a few hundred metres away from the Junior School building, which was used in the show as Elm Tree House.


  • When Carmen starts beating up Johnny, she talks without moving her lips.
  • When Johnny climbs up the ladder, you can see Leanne's nose already has blood on it before she is punched.
  • Harry ran off after Jeff was thrown down the hole, but somehow knew Johnny had got stuck down it, even though he ran off before Johnny went down the hole.
  • John Bell (Toby Coleman) is credited in the end credits, despite not actually appearing in the episode.

Tracy Beaker Returns episodes

Season 1: Tracy Beaker SuperstarNew Life's EveBad Luck BoyBy The BookFamily ValuesAnarchy in the DGSecretsSistersGood Luck BoyViva CarmenThe WerewolfA Day at The BeachMoving On

Season 2: The Burnywood MenaceDrainedCrushedRefugeesMoneyElektraWhat You Don't KnowA Day in The CountryThe Scare GameOut of ControlSnake BiteGrandadChain Reaction

"You Choose" specials: Come Alone, CarmenCyberbullyingBeg, Borrow or Steal

Season 3: The VisitorsFirestarterShadowsBig BrotherBelongingEggsJustine Littlewood ReturnsRewardSummer HolidayGoing HomeJody JacksonThe InvitationGoodbye Tracy Beaker